Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a mongoliod brother shut away in an ... See full summary »
Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a mongoliod brother shut away in an institution, is it any wonder he retreats into an alternate personality...that of six year old Georgie? It is Georgie who befriends Susan Harper, but friendship soon turns into obsession. When Susan begins to distance herself, something inside Georgie snaps and he embarks on a killing spree, with Susan as the next target. Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
According to a Bernard Herrmann soundtrack album, the whistler's name is Gareth Williams. Gareth Williams is also credited with some work on the orchestration of the piece. See more »
Ladies and gentlemen, because of the controversy already aroused, the producers of this film wish to re-emphasize what is already stated in the film, that there is no established scientific connection between Mongolism and psychotic or criminal behavior.
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"The (exploitive) producers wish to express there is no scientific connection between Mongolism and criminal or psychotic behavior"
After a hilarious built-in apologia from the producers (who took heat in Britain for implying that siblings of Mongoloids may be dangerous), this thriller about an English boarding-house beset with a psychopathic young man gets more and more ridiculous. I felt a little sorry for esteemed British actress Billie Whitelaw here (forced to come onto pasty-faced man-child Hywel Bennett as if he were a simpleton stud). Brighter aspects are a good performance by Hayley Mills as the pretty librarian who is befriended by Bennett; a weird, wonderful score by Bernard Herrmann; as well as some fancy camera tricks and editing. The picture is hard to locate, but is it worth the search? For Hayley Mills addicts, yes. All others looking for a good 1960s screamer, perhaps not. It apes Alfred Hitchcock well enough...until the convoluted script falls completely apart in the final stretch. **1/2 from ****
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